Mesothelioma & Pharmaceuticals

Risperdal – The Risks You Need to Know


What is Risperdal?

Risperdal (known by its generic name risperidone) is an antipsychotic medication developed by pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson that is used to treat patients diagnosed with schizophrenia, as well as certain issues due to bipolar disorder. 

What are the reported side effects?

It has been found to be associated with gynecomastia in boys and young men. Gynecomastia is a condition that causes males or boys to develop breast tissue as a result of an imbalance of estrogen within the body. While often the condition can be reversed with prescription medication, in serious cases surgery is required to remove the tissue. Other issues that have been reported with the use of the medication include, but are not limited to:

  • Weight Loss

  • Shortness of Breath/Trouble Breathing

  • Joint Pain

  • Body Aches or Pain

  • Irregular Menstruation

  • Vomiting/Chills 

Legal Issues:

Johnson & Johnson’s subsidiary company Janssen Pharmaceuticals has had multiple lawsuits filed against them over gynecomastia issues that have appeared in young men who have taken Risperdal. From an article posted by Drug Watch, Austin Pledger and family received a 2.5 million settlement in February of 2015 which was one of the first Risperdal trials. More recently a Philadelphia jury awarded a $1.75 million verdict to another young man. A third trial is currently ongoing.

What if I think I have a claim? What are my next steps?

Contact our office if you or a loved one has been injured through using Risperdal at 303-999-9999 or 303-835-9342 to speak with one of our experienced attorneys.





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